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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 12, 2010 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

at the time I had heard Merl Saunders but I don't know if that was true. Also heard of Pete Sears, which was not only true but who I was pulling for.

What they've said a bunch of times is that the ability to sing the high range was a major consideration in the choice ( which I don't think was nescessary at all )

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: May 12, 2010 10:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

Perhaps the high harmony requirement prevented them from finding a player who fit better musically... one of the many what if's...

Brent was a Huge part of their vocal blend so I bet they were freaking out about how to not lose power on the vocal end... not sure if it was worth the compromise with Vince though...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 13, 2010 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

Supposedly you are correct. his lack of vocals hurt his chances

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 13, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Melvin Seals

I have to agree about the vocal part. With Keith and Donna along her "contributions" gone, I'm sure Jerry was looking to kill two birds, or at least one cat mangler, with one stone by finding a keyboard player who could harmonize. And if you need further proof, just check out a tune or two from Steve Kimock's Crazy Engine to see just how bad Mel is. Sorry, he is a Master of the Keys, but absolutely nothing positive about what comes out of his mouth.

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